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Pradeep Pattanayak

In a major breakthrough, Bhubaneswar urban police district has busted notorious Chakara gang involved in snatching and looting jewellery shop owners by arresting its seven members including a woman, informed Police Commissioner Soumendra Priyadarshi on Tuesday.  

Addressing a press conference, the Police Commissioner said the leads from notorious criminal Chakara, who was nabbed following an encounter, helped them unearth the gang. 

"The seventh accused is a woman who used to receive the stolen articles and dispose them off. We have recovered 14 gold chains, 16 gold rings, 2.3 kilograms of silver and two bikes from them. We will soon take initiatives to return the recovered articles to their owners,” said Priyadarshi. 

“The operation against the criminals was named as Operation Hot Pursuit and it will continue,” informed Priyadarshi. 

“The gang is involved in 22 cases of chain, jewellery and mobile snatching. If required, we will take these accused into remand for interrogation,” he added. 

The police identified the accused as Jagat,  a resident of Suryanagar in  Bhubaneswar;  Papu, a resident of Jagannathprasad in Ganjam, Krushna and Bharat Khuntia of Banapur in Khordha; Amir Bhoi, a resident of Bhoi Sahi in Bhubaneswar’s Nayapalli area, Santosh Parida of Banapur and  Jyotsna Rani Mohapatra of Pitchu Basti of Unit VI Bhubaneswar.

Notably, Chakara Barik was nabbed following a gun fight between the criminals and cops at Baramunda High School Ground on May 12 night. However, Chakara’s accomplices had managed to escape taking advantages of darkness.

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